At least 100 basins of live fish surface in waters off 4 Cavite barangays; climate change blamed
At least 100 steel basins of live fish have surfaced near the shores of Cavite barangays Munting Mapino, Salabak, Timalan and Bangkaan near the Manila Bay, on the morning of August 18, reports ABS-CBNNews.com. Agriculturalists blamed the incident on the rising sea temperature due to climate change. Calling the incident an "alig phenomenon," municipal agriculturist Maylita Tambonong told Inquirer.net that "due to the sudden change in (water) temperature, the supply of oxygen (was) depleted. The fish had to swim closer to the surface of the water to get oxygen."
ABS-CBNNews.com reports that "local residents (captured the fish) at leisure." Because the fish were still alive, Cavite’s Naic Mayor Edwina Mendoza said capturing them was not fish kill. The fish and other sea creatures like stingrays and shrimp were just swimming closer to the water surface, she said. According to the Inquirer.net report, Mendoza said the marine creatures’ behavior returned to normal by nighttime.
The ABS-CBNNews.com and Philippine Star reports said the incident was the second time fish swam closer to Cavite shores but Mendoza told Inquirer.net that the August 18 incident was the first one. It has been reported to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.